• hello friends..

    welcome to my personal blog - things i like - music, photos, architecture, design, & words - from my brain (and other people's brains).. all images here are taken by me (some awesome wedding pics from Alyda too), unless highfives are very gladly given to the author of some things i wish i had made/created/recorded/thought of/seen..

    ps.. I'm a wedding photographer.. so if you're planning to marry your lover, & you like what you see/feel here, you should contact us very soon.. we take limited bookings for wedding photography each year & we book out early.. (& i'm not just saying that to make you call us) :]

    here's a movie we made to introduce our little friends to the world.. ---->

the putter-togetherer of scissors..

If you’re going to be the guy that assembles scissors by hand, be the best dang putter-togetherer of scissors that you can be…

even on Mondays..

in winter..


An amazing little film by Shaun Bloodworth..  It just really hit me…  right in the heart..  One thing is for sure, when this guy plays “Paper Scissors Rock”, I bet he goes “Scissors” every time… and every single time, he wins :)

..:: t

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17 September 2014 - 4:35 am

McKay Photography - That is cool :) I wont take for granted my scissors ever again, hah

13 September 2014 - 1:54 am

Christina D. - Awesome guy! He’s the living Edward Scissorhands literally. :p

23 July 2014 - 5:15 pm

Kate - Precision. There’s nothing like the sound of some well-aligned blades closing in on one another!

22 July 2014 - 1:19 pm

Em - I want.

21 July 2014 - 6:42 pm

Timmo - Great film! Just makes you think that the end product is a representation of all that you are and this guy obviously rocks! (or scissors in this case) :)

mercedes + patrick.. southern highlands

An open letter to all humans of the modern Earthworld..

Dear excellent humans,

You know what really matters in this life?.. Relationships.. Relationships that are real & deep.. Please – whatever you do – please please please do not be afraid to show your real unguarded self – your real feelings – to the people that matter to you.. I’m not saying it’s an easy road, but it’s definitely a road you will not regret taking..

Love from Todd.


Believe me I know.. I get to see (and feel), the warmth of real relationships all the time & it feels amazing.. And, at this time, I present to you “Exhibit A”..  Mercedes & Patrick’s wedding..  A prime example of two families & a bunch of close friends with such a collectively deep connection, that to just physically be around them all meant that on occasion, you couldn’t help but be moved to tears..  Either that, or there was a lot of dust (& probably some iron filings), in the air all day ;)

I won’t go on all day about how amazing Mercedes & Patrick are, you can have a look through the photos & get to know them for yourselves..

M & P were married in the southern highlands of New South Wales at Summerlees Estate.. It’s a pretty amazing venue if you’re looking for a super relaxing & visually stunning place to host an event.. Other standouts (if you’re planning your own wedding), are Merc’s amazing wedding dress by Anaeccia, and Patrick’s super slick custom made suit by The Cloakroom..


(ps.. BIGtime thanks to Mercedes & Patrick for choosing us, and to Modern Weddings blog for featuring M&P’s wedding as well.. head over there for Part 1 and Part 2 of their extravaganza – there’s plenty more yummy details & styling wins for your eyeballs to feast on.)


Mega thanks to my co-pilot Alyda McGaw for catching lots of great photos, and reasoning with some cranky pregnant dairy cows ;)


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26 September 2014 - 3:26 am

Rog - Todd. Alyda. I want to be with you every day. forever.

24 September 2014 - 10:00 pm

Melissa Mitchell - Wow! That black and white distance shot… Amazing! :) Great work of art. The frame looks so perfect.

17 September 2014 - 4:38 am

Darryn McKay Photography - Stunning – man I love this venue and you’ve captured it amazingly. What’s a country wedding without chickens and cranky cows eh.

If or when you’re next there please let me know I’m local and would love to shoot with you.

2 September 2014 - 7:58 pm

Glen Holdaway - You guys killed it with this one, such a fun wedding. Love it. And the random chicken.

1 September 2014 - 8:52 pm

Shawn Michal - Really very impressive clicks your photographer has taken of yours as well as of your partner. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful clicks with us.

27 August 2014 - 2:25 am

Verity Sansom - Wow, amazing again, love it from start to end!

12 August 2014 - 10:19 am

Adam Cavanagh - Epic work!

9 August 2014 - 10:04 pm

Erik - Love your work Todd:)

8 August 2014 - 6:12 am

Radek Radunski - I checked out it 3 times. Literally three. Now I’m impressed, more and more looking through your blog, Todd. Greets, mate!

31 July 2014 - 6:33 am

Verity Sansom - Awesome work again guys!

16 July 2014 - 12:00 pm

Sheye Rosemeyer - Oh. The bride, her dress, her beau, the reception..The entire day and how you captured it. Perfection.

15 July 2014 - 10:33 pm

Carla Orsatti - Stunning, all of it! Ridiculous even!

15 July 2014 - 3:14 pm

Sally Ogilvie - Those cows, man, they can get mighty grumpy….

15 July 2014 - 2:37 pm

Jade Collins - Ohh what a whimsical day. Amazing photos, so much gorgeousness <3

15 July 2014 - 2:20 pm

Luke Chisholm - Rock ‘n Roll man, this is tops!

15 July 2014 - 1:45 pm

madeline druce - Top quality goodness there Todd and Alyda!

15 July 2014 - 12:58 pm

Em Driver - Oh my… This wedding looks absolutely amazing!! Todd and Lades = the A Team!!! I lost track of which one was my favourite!!

15 July 2014 - 12:43 pm

Jazzy Jeff - Perfection! I was like “ooooh that forrest” then “ahhhh those fields laden with yellow flowers” followed by “what a gorgeous timber building that looks like it belongs in the Secret Garden”. Plenty for the eyes to feast on and all captured ever so beautifully, as always. Love it, in a BIG way!

15 July 2014 - 12:14 pm

Lizzie Mynard - The close up B&W of the couple through the trees…holy awesomeness!! Fantastic spread, as always :-)

15 July 2014 - 12:13 pm

Anthony Hoang - Killed it as usual guys. What an awesome wedding.

15 July 2014 - 11:31 am

David Ferguson - Great stuff guys!

15 July 2014 - 11:27 am

Colin Hockey - I’m a fighter not a lover but I’m loving these pics man!

15 July 2014 - 10:45 am

Alex Marks - Awesome – as always! woo!

15 July 2014 - 10:32 am

Jai Long - Great work Todd & Alyda :)

14 July 2014 - 10:59 pm

Eric Ronald - You have demonstrated fine photographic skills my man.

14 July 2014 - 5:59 pm

Nick Evans - Todd & Alyda – nailed it!

elana + marty’s engagement wedding bombshell..

it began at dawn.. just the two of them – first light on the first day of spring..  a quiet moment..  it.was.perfect.

finding elana & marty an amazing mountain top over looking country valleys and the bay was the easy part.. If you think organising a wedding is a lot of hard work, you’d be absolutely right.. but planning it all in secret so you can drop a super-wedding-bombshell on your guests while at your engagement party?  well that’s quite a task, & i reckon some moments of quiet before ‘game time’ is a pretty good idea :)

elana & marty are loved by many, you can see that in their engagement/wedding photos.. and i know exactly why they are loved – they are super nice genuine people that have joy in their hearts..  when you’re near them, you feel their happiness & makes you happy – it’s that simple.

to be part of this wedding/engagement (aka. wengagement) celebration was pretty amazing.. we knew about it obviously.. but recording it knowing almost every person there had no idea what was about to happen & watching elana & marty orchestrate their plan in the zone – it was pretty special..  check it out why don’t cha!  ^_^

ps.. here’s some more excellent linkypants for you —-> elana & marty’s wengagement is featured on hello may wedding style blog, and you should check out elana’s website, she’s a photographer too!  and a big time thanks to alyda mcgawesome for co-piloting on this one.



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27 June 2014 - 3:29 pm

Jakub - Whoa! Wonderful work.

17 June 2014 - 3:20 pm

Brad - Dude – this is epic. Best I’ve seen!

17 June 2014 - 8:24 am

Matthew Osborne - Every shot is fantastic in there guys! Love the editing on the black & whites too.

29 May 2014 - 9:42 pm

Dan Ward - Seriously gorgeous shots man! Love the shot of him on the bike! Need to get some new blog posts up soon, I wanna see more!! :)

26 May 2014 - 9:02 am

Louis Blythe - Love these shots! Such a great story.

21 May 2014 - 7:29 pm

Cam - Loving these photos guys, both artistically and technically perfect I reckon!

15 May 2014 - 11:11 pm

Chris Sansom - Really beautiful light, fantastic couple and an awesome wedding all perfectly captured (As usual!) Nice work Todd, looks like a great day to shoot!

3 May 2014 - 8:44 am

HayleyLane - What a sweet couple! Just gorgeous :)

29 April 2014 - 11:51 pm

Matt Smith - What a cool opportunity to hang and photograph these guys!

11 April 2014 - 12:53 am

Jack Chauvel - Spectacular :)

10 April 2014 - 7:33 pm

Warren Williams - Wow, such a stunning series, and beautiful surprise.

10 April 2014 - 7:01 pm

Nicole - Love it! Where is the mountain in these photos? Looking for something similar for my wedding photos…& a photographer too :-)

10 April 2014 - 4:52 pm

David Ferguson - Lovely Guys. Especially loving the big old tree at night!

10 April 2014 - 4:34 pm

Kim - So sweet and lovely.. Beautiful photographs Todd ;-)

10 April 2014 - 2:34 pm

Zosia - Oh this is too wonderful :) Beautiful stuff!

10 April 2014 - 2:31 pm

chris prestidge - epic !

11 April 2014 - 9:48 pm

elana + marty’s engagement wedding bombsh… - […] it began at dawn.. just the two of them – first light on the first day of spring.. a quiet moment.. it.was.perfect. finding elana & marty an amazing mountain  […]

lizzie & rob’s wedding festival..

well..     ready yourself people..

every 100 weddings or so, a job comes along like no other..

think of anything that can be generally seen as inconvenient, or potentially a ‘problem’ on a wedding day & write them down in a big list –  1). a wedding on a vacant patch of land kind of in the middle of nowhere..  2). no electricity/running water/mobile phone signal,  3). outdoor everything with monsoonal rain most of the day..   4). a LOT of mud..   5). etc etc..

take everything on that list and add it to the list that will normally be the things that make a wedding convenient, easy, & awesome.. it is now impossible for your wedding to not be amazing..  embrace the unpredictable & ye shall be rewarded!

lizzie & rob are two very special people.. they are 100% true to themselves & they know what’s important in life – relationships..  For me, they are the perfect clients in so many ways, and i’m pretty sure if you looked up the definition of ‘awesome‘, there’d be a photo of them being awesome without even knowing how awesome they are..  underneath that photo, it’d say, “see also ‘perfect client‘..”  I just love these guys so hard..

lizzie & rob are also very talented photographers themselves so check out their skillz at solaris photography.. aaaaand their wedding is also featured on the UK super blog, Rock’n’Roll Bride.. Have a look over there for more photos & some sweet information about their DIY domination.


highfives to my second shooter for this extravaganza emma holcroft, who spent the day in a bunnings poncho  :)


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17 June 2014 - 8:25 am

Matthew Osborne - Now that’s how you deal with rain!! You must of had a ball!

29 May 2014 - 9:44 pm

wedding photographer cornwall - Sick shots buddy! Really amazing :)

1 April 2014 - 9:57 pm

Matt Streatfeild - Oh wow, especially that jumping castle photo. High Fives and bottle clinks!

29 March 2014 - 5:35 pm

HayleyLane - Looks like an awesome shindig! Congrats to the happy couple :)

28 March 2014 - 9:48 pm

Eric Ronald - Wow, what a cute couple and a plethora of pretty pictures.

28 March 2014 - 7:59 pm

Judi Mckay - Todd it was an amazing day even if we were drowned rats, thank you for sharing it with my son and his wonderful bride. Couldn’t have had better photographers. Judi

28 March 2014 - 7:43 pm

Kim - Making lemonade out of lemons.
Such a beautiful couple!

28 March 2014 - 6:00 pm

Poppy Marins - Haha I was just thinking about that poncho today when I bought my first real rain jacket!!!

28 March 2014 - 12:28 pm

Ben - Unbelieveable. You guys definitely captured the awesomeness :)

28 March 2014 - 12:28 pm

James Frost - Nailed it! what a rad wedding :)

28 March 2014 - 11:15 am

Nadia - What an unreal wedding! Awesome shots Todd & Emma, I love the girls in the jumping castle – such fun!!

28 March 2014 - 11:09 am

Ash - beautiful photos of very obviously awesome people.
and whoo hoo jumping castle!

28 March 2014 - 10:53 am

Tina - I love them hugging under the umberella. yes so awesome x

28 March 2014 - 10:52 am

Jody Ryan - Todd these are fabulous and so much fun.

28 March 2014 - 9:49 am

ASHLEY - WOW! i love how they are still having so much fun even though its raining :) beautiful images

28 March 2014 - 9:48 am

Lauren - So much awesome!

28 March 2014 - 9:36 am

James Bennett - Great work man.

28 March 2014 - 9:26 am

Anya - Amazing work and what a day!

30 March 2014 - 5:56 pm

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shan & ben.. super chilled..

A wedding should not be a stressful thing.. It just shouldn’t.. If your wedding is a stress to organise, then you’re doing it wrong..

Shan & Ben are a perfect example of how to do things right..  Their wedding was in Rainbow Beach, a quiet seaside town on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast – close to where they both grew up.. Their hotel , the ceremony, and reception venue were all within 100 metres of each other.. This might even be the least stressful wedding I’ve ever been to..

It was an amazing day for sure and what I love most about Shan & Ben’s wedding is how they included their two sons in their celebration – it was beautiful..  For Shan & Ben, their wedding (as awesome as it was), wasn’t even really about the wedding – it was about relationships..  Life-long friends & super-close families sharing good times & cutting loose for a day to party on.. It was freakin’ amazing to see.. And for a day, they embraced us like family too..  I just wanted to hug everyone there, but I didn’t because that would seem a little weird I think  :)


Shan & Ben’s wedding is also featured on Polkadot Bride so check it out for more of their story..

Big highfives to my co-pilot Alyda, and Shan & Ben for being awesome.. (ps.. Shan wears Karen Willis Holmes)


love from todd..

pps.. Hi Jas & Nick (and Aria)  ^_^

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1 April 2014 - 9:22 pm

Karthika, Truly Photography - Beautiful set. The beach shots are amazing.

1 April 2014 - 7:47 pm
25 March 2014 - 11:17 pm

Mathew - Beautiful work!

23 March 2014 - 3:08 am

Erik - Great pictures Todd!!!

19 March 2014 - 5:43 am

Darryn – McKay Photography - Great photos :)

18 March 2014 - 3:36 pm

HayleyLane - Just beautiful! They’re some fabulous beach shots there

18 March 2014 - 2:31 pm

EM - 100% pure loveliness

14 March 2014 - 10:53 am

Rae - Jesus Christ… that was amazing.

12 March 2014 - 12:19 pm

Eric Ronald - Argh, those beach portraits. Killer!

11 March 2014 - 10:02 am

Nick - Excellent stuff guys!

10 March 2014 - 7:17 pm

Matthew Osborne - Awesome work Todd. The ones in the sand are da bomb!

10 March 2014 - 6:36 pm

Hope Copeland - WOWSER! Love the images here guys. What a chilled, super rad wedding!

10 March 2014 - 4:51 pm

Jazzy Jeff - Hi Toddy and Lades! I had big, fat, soggy tears (happy tears) rolling down my cheeks reliving Shan and Ben’s day. The photos with those gorgeous nephews of mine especially hit me hard, real hard – they made the day all the more special. Once again, you guys nailed it. Love and hugs to you Team McGaw :)

15 March 2014 - 2:02 am

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